Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great,
Had they but courage equal to desire? 5
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern? 10
Why, what could she have done being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?
~William Butler Yeats, 1893
|Painted by Cesare da Sesto after a lost painting by Leonardo da Vinci, 1505-1510, Oil on Panel,
Wilton House, Salisbury
Venus preventing her son Aeneas from killing Helen of Troy, (Luca da Reggio) Ferrari, c. 1650, Oil On Canvas, 128.3 x 169.5 cm, Art Gallery ofSouth Australia, Copyright @ Art Gallery of South Australia